A little library.

It seems these little libraries are popping up all over, using all manner of inventive items to house the books:


We used to have one in the village which used an old stationery roundabout, with doors. A bit like this, but less new and clean and attractive

It wasn’t very well insulated, and the books quickly became damp and damaged. It certainly didn’t look very inviting. Sometime over the past year it disappeared.

Well, this morning I passed the place where it had been, to find a beautiful new display case, which is obviously well-constructed, and definitely weatherproof! It is a delight!


You can see that there are fixed chairs too, so should one be inclined to, one could sit in the sunshine and read one of the books. It’s not the most picturesque part of the village, but it’s not hideous!

As the sign on the side tells us:

Book Cabins made by the employees of the wood workshop of our Upcycling centre, using recycled/reused materials taken from our collections, and reintroduced into the cyclical economy. If you see what I mean!! Acora is a second hand centre, where they also repurpose old pieces of furniture.

Of course, all the books are French, but with tourists in mind (there’s a campsite in the village) I went home immediately and rooted out some of my English books which I added to the library. Hopefully some other people will add their foreign language books. I think these free libraries are a great idea. The New MrsM – whose blog I read – created one as one of her 40 Acts of Kindness a couple of Lents ago, and there’s one set up near Church (I popped a few English novels in there a couple of months ago)

Have you got a Little Library near you?


10 thoughts on “A little library.

  1. There are 4 that I know of in Basel – here they’re just called “public bookcases”. They tend to have a mixture of German, English and a few French books.I take most of my unwanted books there and usually manage to pick up one or two at the same time – I think they’re a brilliant idea. None of the ones here are as pretty as the ones you’ve shown in this post though.

  2. Hi. There is one in Sainsbury’s in the town centre. I look in there quite often. I have borrowed books occasionally.

    Currently there is a national trend to hide children’s books so they can find them, read them and then pass them on or keep them. It’s called ‘Lookforabook’ and there are various Facebook pages for different areas.

    We have hidden books that I have picked up really cheaply at charity shops. It’s great to get children out and about and reading.

  3. Well, no, since we live out in the country, but my son has picked up books from the one near his grandma’s house. That “Lookforabook” is a GREAT idea! Children who might not be enthused about reading would be more inclined if they succeeded in a ‘treasure hunt’!

  4. Yes! They are a great idea aren’t they. One has sprung up where a banks cash machine used to be in my town. And there’s one in a phonebox in a village in cumbria not far from our caravan. X

  5. You must have read my mind. We spotted a little free library in the village we visited for the fete on Saturday. It was in an old red phone kiosk; I must look out the photo.

  6. We have two in the wood quite close to here. Our civic centre is at the top entrance to the wood and one is in the square there, but the other is down the wood path. We loved them when the boys were little, and we’d borrow as we romped past in willies! We saw one at a pool in Germany this summer, and it was in an old German phone box. We have Michael Morpurgo coming to Belfast in November’s festival to talk abut the importance of libraries. I felt guilt when I saw that as I haven’t used a library since the boys were younger, though it was a sanity-saving weekly summer excursion back then! You inspire to get on the train to Carrickfergus next week with my list of possible reads from facebook friends!

  7. I’ve seen the phone-box ones. A related theme is the bookshelves at railway stations – if you find something you like, either take it to keep or return it if you don’t want it. Donation to charity optional. I’ve found some old favourites and some really good reads this way – and if your journey is delayed, there’s a handy source of reading material.

    We also have a book swop scheme at the office that works in a similar way, though the good stuff tends to disappear quite quickly.

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